Cops: Two Nassau banks robbed

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Two banks in Nassau were robbed within hours of each other Monday, one in Merrick and the second in Mineola, Nassau police said.

In the first hold up, a robber handed a note to a teller threatening to use a gun as he demanded cash at the Chase branch in Merrick, police said. He never showed a gun, police said.

He entered the bank on Merrick Avenue at 10:20 a.m., then ran off after getting the money, police said. Seven employees and one customer were in the bank at the time, but no injury was reported, police said.

The robber appeared to be 5 feet, 11 inches tall, with a medium build, and wore a long-haired wig, a baseball cap with a star and a maroon hooded sweatshirt, police said.

In the second hold up, the Capital One branch in Mineola was robbed about 12:20 p.m. when a man ordered two tellers to give him money, police said. After they complied, the robber ran from the bank, which is on Mineola Boulevard, and headed west on Lincoln Avenue, police said.

Eight employees and four customers were in the bank, but no injury was reported, police said.

The suspect appeared to be 30 to 40 years old, 6 feet to 6 feet, 3 inches tall, with a medium build, police said. He wore black sunglasses, a blue scarf, black hoodie, blue jeans and white sneakers.

Police ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS.

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